Round Up: The World Cup Race Bikes of Aaron Gwin

Mar 31, 2021
by Ed Spratt  
Full tuck and carrying speed without a chain. Gwin went full beast on this track.


Since his first World Cups with Yeti in 2008, Aaron Gwin has had a whole host of bikes from his years on Trek and Specialized in the early 2010s to his more recent race seasons with YT and now at Intense testing the prototype mullet M279. Let's take a look back through the years at some of his World Cup race machines.


2008 - 2010: Yeti

Results:

Best Results:
3rd at 2009 Mont Sainte Anne World Cup and 2010 Leogang World Cup
Average Finish:
10th


2008
Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup - Round 4


10th

2008
Bromont World Cup - Round 5


34th

2008
Schladming World Cup - Round 7


8th


2009
Pietermaritzburg World Cup - Round 1


17th

2009
La Bresse World Cup - Round 2


14th

2009
Vallnord World Cup - Round 3


16th


2009
Fort William World Cup - Round 4


9th

2009
Maribor World Cup - Round 5


14th

2009
Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup - Round 6


3rd


2009
Bromont World Cup - Round 7


5th

2009
Canberra World Champs


21st

2009
Schladming World Cup - Round 8


4th


2010
Maribor World Cup - Round 1


7th

2010
Fort William World Cup - Round 2


4th

2010
Leogang World Cup - Round 3


3rd


2010
Champéry World Cup - Round 4


8th

2010
Val di Sole World Cup - Round 5


14th

2010
Windham World Cup - Round 6


4th


2010
Mont-Sainte-Anne World Champs


4th



racing in the finals at the 2008 Mt St Anne World Cup Downhill Mountain Bike race
Gwin racing in finals at Mont-Sainte-Anne in 2008

Patrik Zuest clipping Gwin s tires at Bromont back in 2008. At MSA the previous week Gwin was clipping his own. How a top ten the week before changes things...
Patrik Zuest clipping Gwin's tires at Bromont back in 2008. Following his top ten finish the week before at Mont-Sainte-Anne.

Downhill track at Peitermaritzenburg Republic of South Africa in April of 2009
Pietermaritzburg 2009

303DH - 2010

Gwin's 2010 Yeti 303DH at Eurobike.

Gwin in practice at the Maribor World Cup.




2011 - 2012: Trek

Results:

Best Results:
1st at 2011 Pietermaritzburg World Cup, 2011 Leogang World Cup, 2011 Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup, 2011 Windham World Cup, 2011 Val di Sole World Cup, 2012 Val di Sole World Cup, 2012 Fort William World Cup, 2012 Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup and 2012 Windham World Cup.
Average Finish:
7th


2011
Pietermaritzburg World Cup - Round 1


1st

2011
Fort William World Cup - Round 2


5th

2011
Leogang World Cup - Round 3


1st


2011
Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup - Round 4


1st

2011
Windham World Cup - Round 5


5th

2011
Windham World Cup - Round 6


3rd


2011
Val di Sole World Cup - Round 7


1st

2011
Champéry World Champs


12th

2012
Pietermariztburg World Cup - Round 1


2nd


2012
Val di Sole World Cup - Round 2


1st

2012
Fort William World Cup - Round 3


1st

2012
Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup - Round 4


1st


2012
Windham World Cup - Round 5


1st

2012
Val d'Isére World Cup - Round 6


5th

2012
Leogang World Champs


83rd



Session - 2011

First photos from the Trek Carbon Session 9.9 http www.pinkbike.com news trek-session-carbon-9.9.html
The first look at Gwin's carbon Trek Session 9.9

Coming off Gwin's win at Mont-Sainte-Anne in 2011 Trek revealed that he had been onboard the new carbon Session 9.9. The new bike featured changes to the geometry, suspension layout and even some custom tunes for the fork and shock. Gwin only had a few days on the new bike before he had to take it to MSA for its first race and win.

First photos from the Trek Carbon Session 9.9 http www.pinkbike.com news trek-session-carbon-9.9.html
First photos from the Trek Carbon Session 9.9 http www.pinkbike.com news trek-session-carbon-9.9.html

First photos from the Trek Carbon Session 9.9 http www.pinkbike.com news trek-session-carbon-9.9.html
Session 9.9 Carbon Details

Frame: Session 9.9 Carbon
Shock: Fox DHX RC4
Fork: Fox 40
Wheels: Bontrager
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF
Drivetrain: Shimano Saint
Brakes: Shimano Saint

First photos from the Trek Carbon Session 9.9 http www.pinkbike.com news trek-session-carbon-9.9.html

For the new bike, Fox and Gwin brought over all of their hard work dialling in his specific suspension needs to the stock bike that anyone could buy. The custom options brought over included custom valving and special low friction seals.

First photos from the Trek Carbon Session 9.9 http www.pinkbike.com news trek-session-carbon-9.9.html
Aaron Gwin putting the new Carbon Trek Session to work during a rainy practice day at Mt St Anne. No specs on the bike. Likely about 35 lbs with that ti spring and other light weight tricks that Monkey has been known to pull keep weight down. Now gossip amongst yourselves with speculation...



2013 - 2015: Specialized

Results:

Best Results:
1st at 2014 Pietermaritzburg World Cup, 2015 Lourdes World Cup, 2015 Leogang World Cup, 2015 Windham World Cup and 2015 Val di Sole World Cup
Average Finish:
15th


2013
Fort William World Cup - Round 1


20th

2013
Val di Sole World Cup - Round 2


6th

2013
Vallnord World Cup - Round 3


10th


2013
Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup - Round 4


5th

2013
Pietermariztburg World Champs


67th

2014
Pietermariztburg World Cup - Round 1


1st


2014
Cairns World Cup - Round 2


4th

2014
Fort William World Cup - Round 3


4th

2014
Leogang World Cup - Round 4


78th


2014
Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup - Round 5


6th

2014
Windham World Cup - Round 6


2nd

2014
Méribel World Cup - Round 7


6th


2014
Hafjell World Champs


14th

2015
Lourdes World Cup - Round 1


1st

2015
Fort William World Cup - Round 2


2nd


2015
Leogang World Cup - Round 3


1st

2015
Lenzerheide World Cup - Round 4


8th

2015
Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup - Round 5


7th


2015
Windham World Cup - Round 6


1st

2015
Val di Sole World Cup - Round 7


1st

2015
Vallnord World Champs


74th



Demo - 2013

Aaron Gwin
Fort William 2013

Kicking off the 2013 season with a new bike and team, Aaron Gwin turned up to the Fort William World Cup with his 26" Carbon Demo. While he was still running Fox suspension, Gwin swapped out his Shimano drivetrain and brakes for SRAM and Avid. A 27.5" Demo was spotted a the Port Angeles Pro GRT before the World Cup kicked off but at this point, Gwin was still sticking with the smaller wheel size.



Demo Prototype - 2013

Aaron Gwin s Andorra bike.
Gwin was running a custom prototype for the 2013 Andorra World Cup

For Val di Sole Gwin decided to race a size large Demo instead of his usual medium as he wanted something longer and roomier. After a 6th place finish Gwin decided to play around with his size medium bike and ended up wanted to increase the length of the rear end. For the fresh Andorran track, Gwin rocked up with a prototype rear end on his medium Demo that added 19mm to the bike's length. That means that his custom Demo ran a 440mm chainstay length, pretty close to the 439/441mm adjustable length of his previous Trek race bike.
Prototype Demo Details

Frame: Demo Prototype
Size: Medium
Shock: Fox DHX
Fork: Fox 40
Cockpit: Renthal
Wheels: DT Swiss FR600
Tires: Specialized Butcher
Drivetrain: SRAM XO

The bike used a 440mm chain stay length, 19mm longer than stock.

Gwin s Demo
The added length is found in the chain and shock stays, while the link and yoke remain the same. Travel now sits at 215mm.



Demo - 2015 Vallnord World Championships

The end of the 2014 season saw the launch of a brand new Demo that was made almost entirely from carbon fiber and featured a stunning one-sided seat mast. The new Demo brought over a lot of the geometry changes brought in by Gwin as he tried to make a race bike that suited him from his time on longer race bikes. The change also brought over 27.5" wheels.

Gwin amp Brosnan World Champs bikes 2015

Gwin amp Brosnan World Champs bikes 2015
HT stepped up with a set of custom anodized pedals.
Gwin amp Brosnan World Champs bikes 2015
Renthal's handlebar is painted to match the frame.

Gwin amp Brosnan World Champs bikes 2015
A special gold anodized chain and X01 DH cassette have been included on the build.
Gwin amp Brosnan World Champs bikes 2015
See that broken chain on the back of the seat tube? It's a nod to Gwin's World Cup winning coaster run in Leogang earlier this year.

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2016 - 2018: YT

Results:

Best Results:
1st at 2016 Lourdes World Cup, 2016 Leogang World Cup, 2017 Leogang World Cup, 2017 Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup, 2017 Val di Sole World Cup and 2018 Losinj World Cup
Average Finish:
12th


2016
Lourdes World Cup - Round 1


1st

2016
Cairns World Cup - Round 2


4th

2016
Fort William World Cup - Round 3


2nd


2016
Leogang World Cup - Round 4


1st

2016
Lenzerheide World Cup - Round 5


2nd

2016
Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup - Round 6


2nd


2016
Vallnord World Cup - Round 7


55th

2017
Fort William World Cup - Round 2


3rd

2017
Leogang World Cup - Round 3


1st


2017
Vallnord World Cup - Round 4


5th

2017
Lenzerheide World Cup - Round 5


51st

2017
Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup - Round 6


1st


2017
Val di Sole World Cup - Round 7


1st

2017
Cairns World Champs


3rd

2018
Losinj World Cup - Round 1


1st


2018
Fort William World Cup - Round 2


20th

2018
Leogang World Cup - Round 3


2nd

2018
Val di Sole World Cup - Round 4


31st


2018
La Bresse World Cup - Round 7


43rd

2018
Lenzerheide World Champs


5th



Tues - 2016

It's not often that a rider takes a win at their first World Cup race with a new team but in 2016 Aaron Gwin managed just that as he looked right at home from the start on the YT Tues. The move to YT also brought more fresh sponsors with TRP and E13 joining his roster of components.

Aaron Gwins winning YT Tues
John Hall, Aaron Gwin's long-time mechanic, poses with the winning ride.

Aaron Gwins winning YT Tues
Tues Details

Frame: Tues
Size: Large
Shock: Fox X2
Fork: Fox 40
Cockpit: Renthal // 790mm Fatbar Carbon // 50mm Integra with Ti bolts
Wheels: E13 LG1
Tires: Unmarked
Drivetrain: SRAM XO1
Brakes: TRP Quadiem SL with TRP's Slate lever blades

Aaron Gwins winning YT Tues
Aaron is 5'9", rides a large frame and uses a standard 50mm stem finished with blue ti-bolts.

Aaron Gwins winning YT Tues
Gwin's running TRP's Quadiem SL brakes set up with the lever blade normally found on their trail-oriented Slate brakes.
Aaron Gwins winning YT Tues

Aaron Gwins winning YT Tues
Aaron's bars are 790mm wide including the ODI grips.
Aaron Gwins winning YT Tues
Grip tape on the shifter for added accuracy. The YT Mob don't have a dedicated drivetrain sponsor, but for this race Gwin's bike was set up with a SRAM XO DH derailleur and a Blackbox shifter.

Aaron Gwins winning YT Tues

Aaron Gwins winning YT Tues
The bike is out of the box, but the R.A.D shock had probably been tuned to its limits.

Aaron Gwins winning YT Tues

Aaron Gwins winning YT Tues
HT's X2 pedals are mounted to e*thirteen's LG1 carbon crankset.

Aaron Gwins winning YT Tues
e*thirteen's new 9-21 tooth 7-speed cassette is designed specifically to work with their LG1 carbon downhill wheels.

Aaron Gwins winning YT Tues



Tues - 2016 Val di Sole World Champs

Aaron Gwin YT Tues
Aaron Gwin's YT Tues.

Bikes of the Best - Val di Sole DH World Champs 2016
Tues Details

Frame: Tues
Size: Large
Shock: Fox X2
Fork: Fox 40
Cockpit: Renthal // 790mm Fatbar Carbon // 50mm Integra with Ti bolts
Wheels: E13 TRSr
Tires: Unmarked
Drivetrain: SRAM XO1 with E13 LG1r carbon cranks
Brakes: TRP Quadiem SL with TRP's Slate lever blades

Bikes of the Best - Val di Sole DH World Champs 2016
Bikes of the Best - Val di Sole DH World Champs 2016

Bikes of the Best - Val di Sole DH World Champs 2016



Tues - 2017
Aaron Gwin Winning Bike

Aaron Gwin Winning Bike
Tues Details

Frame: Tues
Shock: Fox X2
Fork: Fox 40
Cockpit: Renthal // 790mm Fatbar Carbon // 50mm Integra with Ti bolts
Wheels: E13 LG1r
Tires: Onza Aquila
Drivetrain: SRAM XO1 with E13 LG1r carbon cranks
Brakes: Gwin's signature G-Spec TRP Quadiem

Aaron Gwin Winning Bike

Aaron Gwin Winning Bike
Aaron Gwin Winning Bike
Gwin's signature G-Spec Quadiem brakes by TRP. E*Thirteen wheels.

Aaron Gwin Winning Bike
Gwin said from day one that, in stock form, the YT Tues had the exact feel and geometry he had been wishing for. I am sure that a lot of racers who swear by coil-sprung shocks have been left to scratch their heads over Gwin's choice to race the Fox Evol X2 at Val di Sole.

Aaron Gwin Winning Bike
About 25 millimeters of spacers under the stem for Val di Sole.

Aaron Gwin Winning Bike
Clipped in for the win: E*Thirteen LG1r carbon crankset. HT X2 pedals.
Aaron Gwin Winning Bike
Fox 40 fork - no telling what's inside.

Aaron Gwin Winning Bike
The YT Tues uses a straight-forward four-bar Horst-link rear suspension, which seemed to keep Gwin's rear tire well planted on rough tracks.



Tues 29" Prototype - 2018 Lenzerheide World Champs

Photos: YT
DH World Champs bikes 2018

DH World Champs bikes 2018
Tues Details

Frame: Tues
Shock: Fox X2
Fork: Fox 40
Cockpit: Renthal // 790mm Fatbar Carbon // 50mm Integra with Ti bolts
Wheels: E13 LG1r
Tires: Onza Aquila
Drivetrain: TRP prototype rear mech with E13 LG1r carbon cranks

The fade from red to blue highlights a bold purple colour.


Left: Temperature gauge fitted to TRP E-Bike caliper. Right: TRP's Prototype derailleur, many changes had been made since it was first spotted earlier on in the year.



2019 - Present: Intense

Results:

Best Result:
4th at 2020 Lousã World Cup Round 3
Average Finish:
15th


2019
Maribor World Cup - Round 1


6th

2019
Leogang World Cup - Round 3


5th

2019
Mont-Sainte-Anne World Champs


12th


2019
Snowshoe World Cup - Round 8


13th

2020
Leogang World Championships


26th

2020
Maribor World Cup - Round 1


21st


2020
Maribor World Cup - Round 2


6th

2020
Lousã World Cup - Round 3


4th

2020
Lousã World Cup - Round 4


44th



M29 - 2019


Intense M29 FRO Details

Frame: Intense M29 FRO, size large
Shock: Fox Float X2
Fork: Fox 49
Wheels: eThirteen LG1 Carbon
Tires: Kenda Hellcat with FTD inserts front and back
Drivetrain: TRP
Brakes: TRP
Cockpit: 50mm Renthal stem, 790mm Renthal bars; SDG Saddle/Seatpost
More info: Intense Cycles

The M29 is quite a bit different than the YT Tues he was on previously, but according to John Hall the M29 was easy to adapt to. A Works Components' headset increased the reach by 6mm.

TRP's DH drivetrain. The gold bits are found on the FRO (For Race Only) bikes from Intense.

The DHR is TRP's new brake. It's TRP's e-bike brake which both Aaron and Neko were really pleased with in testing for its better feel and more power.

Hall drills out the dimples on the TRP brakes for Gwin. It gives a little more grip on the finger with slightly sharper edges, plus it looks good.

Kenda had recently launched the Hellcat when Aaron switched over from Onza. He was happy with the tires after testing them, and there are several new tread patterns in development.

SDG handles the seat and seat post while Aaron runs his signature ODI lock on grip.

John Hall, Aaron's mechanic isn't one for disclosing many numbers on exact settings or ride height. When you're at the top of the game, it makes sense to keep your cards close. Hall's spirit animal is a bear, hence the bear with the wrench on the seat tube. If you see that logo on any bike, it's John's stamp of approval and a guarantee of a dialed ride. When the bear is there, have no cares, as there's nothing you need to worry about, whether it's Gwin's race rig or a buddy's trail bike, it's good to go.

Aaron was on a stock size large frame but there was an XL on standby if he felt the need to run it.

M29 - 2019 Mont-Sainte-Anne World Champs
Aaron Gwin
Gwin turned up to the Mont-Sainte Anne World Champs with a few custom details on his race bike.

Aaron Gwin
Aaron Gwin

Aaron Gwin



M279 - 2020

Aaron Gwin Prototype 279

Aaron Gwin Prototype 279
Intense M279 Details

Frame: Prototype M279
Shock: Fox Float X2
Fork: Fox 49
Wheels: E*thirteen Aaron Gwin signature edition DH
Tires: Kenda Prototype
Drivetrain: TRP with E*thirteen cranks
Brakes: TRP with prototype calipers
Cockpit: Renthal bars and stem, Works Components adjustable headset
Size: Large

Aaron Gwin Prototype 279
Prototype Kenda tires

Aaron Gwin Prototype 279
Aaron Gwin Prototype 279
The Works Components angle set looks to increase reach by quite a bit.

Aaron Gwin Prototype 279
Notice the brake calipers? "Prototype AG"

Aaron Gwin Prototype 279
Aaron Gwin Prototype 279
Signature Gwin wheels and e*thirteen cranks.

Aaron Gwin Prototype 279
Aaron Gwin Prototype 279
The machining on that link...





73 Comments

  • 65 2
 Glad to see Gwin on Intense given Intense’s racing legacy and Gwin’s SoCal moto vibe, but maaaan those yetis are sick. My feelings come from nostalgia - I got really into mtb around the same time Yeti was dominating the World Cup circuit... Graves, Gwin, Leov, and Blenkinsop were my idols. Yeti had a video series that covered every WC race with great music, commentary, and riding. I watched those videos religiously. Watching Gwin come out of nowhere, show up to a local US dh race and get thrown onto the yeti factory team was so bad ass. Blenkinsop remains my favorite rider to this day after watching him beat Sam Hill at Schladming while riding for yeti. I’m rambling at this point, gonna go ride
  • 9 1
 I think Yeti still has those videos up on Pinkbike...
  • 14 0
 Yeti's focus seems to have shifted to enduro (something they are obviously very successful at). It would be cool to see them get a downhill bike again.
  • 6 1
 @brandaneisma: thanks for the tip, rest of my day has now been booked up Smile

For anyone wondering what I’m talking about: m.pinkbike.com/video/101005
  • 3 0
 Those old blue and yellow Yetis were sexy! It would be cool to see a modern version!
  • 1 1
 @HB208: oh absolutely, I remember the interview with Chris Conroy where he specifically said that. They’ve been extremely successful with their targeted enduro branding, and I’m now a huge Rude fan. Cool see graves return to yeti as well.
  • 5 1
 Oh and for anyone who wants to watch the only WC Blenkinsop has ever been won: m.pinkbike.com/video/46292
  • 2 0
 @mybaben: they release them every 5 or 10 years to commemorate the anniversary of their founding in 1985. They did some in that color way last year for the release of their ARC hardtail
  • 5 1
 @diegosk: I just imagine the enduro wins translate to bike sales better than downhill.
  • 2 0
 That 2010 season was awesome.
  • 1 2
 @HB208: You need dentures to ride DH in an open face on a Yeti?
  • 20 1
 ahh i think the 83rd finish at world champs might be playing havoc with your average. 8 wins in 15 starts.
  • 17 0
 Funny, just last night my lady was preparing to teach 6th graders the difference between mean and median and the difference in how you look at a data set when you have outliers like that.
  • 5 0
 Yes, median is in many ways better than the mean here. But what I find really interesting in these data is the skewness or bimodality of the distribution (which is captured by mean nor median), reflecting Gwin's "all or nothing" approach.

Also, 123 / 15 = 8.2 (2011-2012, Trek), not 7th as stated. Is there any hope if even the averages are wrong? :-D
  • 7 16
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Mar 31, 2021 at 12:02) (Below Threshold)
 @apartmentwhale: That was the World Championships that was robbed from him by his mechanic who did a bad job bleeding his Shimano brakes, which went out on him in a corner.

That was undoubtedly his best racing season and it's safe to say he would have won Worlds that year had his brakes not failed him.

youtu.be/3kccKG6uCKw

Such a bummer, Gwin really deserved to win at least one World Championship back then because he was so much faster than everybody else. The 2 most dominant back to back seasons by any male ever were when he was with Trek.

Now he's probably too old to ever get a chance to win again because the competition level is so much higher and he's had injuries and also doesn't seem as fast on big wheels. Hope he proves me wrong though.
  • 4 2
 @DoubleCrownAddict: “safe to say” - I think not. He definitely had a good chance but I don’t think he was a shoo-in for the title.
  • 8 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: Wrong. It was an issue with a proto lever. Shimano even admitted to it.
  • 3 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: "big wheels". Only on the front. Mullet season coming up (unless I dreamt his words). He seems confident. Can't write him off just yet.
  • 3 0
 It should be points average rather than average finishing position.
  • 3 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: ya, pretty certain that was an issue specifically with Shimano and not Gwin’s mech. Shimano has had some pretty bad failures over the years. I had 3-4 fail on me right around that time as well.
  • 1 0
 @mtnbykr05: In a GMBN video about brake hacks, Henry mentioned that one time a mechanic forgot to put the retaining pin in the calliper. I was wondering if that was the Gwin incident. It’s easy to say “mechanical” to hide the real truth. That said, unlikely that Shimano would cop for someone else’s mistake.
In which case, what happened with the brake issue Henry mentioned?
  • 18 4
 "If you see that logo on any bike, it's John's stamp of approval and a guarantee of a dialed ride. When the bear is there, have no cares, as there's nothing you need to worry about, whether it's Gwin's race rig or a buddy's trail bike, it's good to go."
- except when he puts some prototype cranks on that were lying around the garage by chance, or something.
  • 5 22
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Mar 31, 2021 at 12:04) (Below Threshold)
 Or the time he did a bad job bleeding his brakes at Worlds in 2012, when he crashed in the first corner.

youtu.be/3kccKG6uCKw
  • 12 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: John wasn't Gwin's mechanic in 2012, it was Monk.
  • 12 0
 @rarerider: "The prototype cranks that were lying around" was the defense / explanation that they went with at the time but I don't think many people believe(d) it.

The mechanic took one for the team.
  • 6 0
 @mi-bike: they weren’t prototype. They were just older ones from a batch that had known qc issues. However those cranks were never recalled. Which I’d say is still a much worse look for e 13 then John. But ultimately John is a pro and took full responsibility for it rather than make a justifiable excuse.
  • 4 1
 @mi-bike: I'm aware of that but that whole statement about spirit animals and 100% trustworthiness was crying for a mention of that episode Smile
  • 9 0
 I appreciate the shout outs to the mechanics but it would have been cool to see Monk Dawg featured, RIP. He was a legend and wrenched on top racing bikes for a long time.
  • 6 1
 Its amazing how he dominated on the Trek, some riders were coming back from injury and the young frenchies were not on the scene yet, but who would not love to see him on that old Trek for a race! I remember watching him at Fort William, the year he had a silly crash at the bottom going to cross the old bridge into the rock garden, we timed every rider though the gnarly part of the Dh track and Gwin no only looked visibly faster but was so much faster against the clock. It was scary and an honour to watch that run on the hill, there was probably only 20 people left up on that part of the hill, all racers. The rest were watching the race on the telly at the bottom. Thats the kind of riding that sticks with you forever, having raced Fort William many times and seen so many top riders there at nationals etc. that run was something else, such a shame he crashed lower down.
  • 1 0
 Then....
Roots comes up with some gold from that weekend
www.rootsandrain.com/photos/149755

The young lad in the photo was up the hill with us and used to race "back in the day".
  • 3 0
 I also saw him absolutely tearing that track ten new arseholes that weekend, the man was on fire from 2011 to 2012, I wonder how the other riders reacted to his reign of terror on the podiums! Seriously though, he was just so smooth down that track, I’ve never seen a rider as calm and collected down a track like that, it’s like they replaced him with a T1000 for the Trek seasons.
  • 1 0
 @Kieran-Young: it was one of those moments on track that was just awe inspiring.
I have always said the difference was like the difference between the women and the top men, so kinda me to the top men, he was on another level back then on that Trek 9.9.
  • 7 1
 Damn, I miss the days of Yeti being a desireable bike/brand. They used to be so sick.
  • 2 0
 A few things which I remember from PB articles related to this:

- Someone commenting "Aaron Gwin chainstay massacre" after Gwin was complaining about not having a long enough bike had me lol-ing.
- Wakidesigns claiming that the 2015 new demo was dangerous and throwing its riders off it. I can't remember why.
- I had no idea that he was ever on monster energy.
- His YT Tues worlds bike in 2016 is one of the best ever world champs custom paint bikes ever.
  • 3 0
 Someone commenting "Aaron Gwin chainstay massacre"

Lol, that was me! The comment was something like "Stevie Smith - Canadian chainsaw massacre. Aaron Gwin, American chainstay massacre."
  • 6 2
 Cool but missing an important link...the best Gwin edit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7fNWw2fBQ0
  • 2 1
 One of my favorite trails!
  • 2 1
 It looks like some PBers are already on the case, but just to add that mean isn't the best 'average' for data with these kind of distributions. Median or mode would support a better story. This particular instance is really really low stakes, but it's good practice for anybody to sharpen their sense of how communication about averages get abused in so many arenas of life
  • 3 1
 man Gwin really has like the best position on the bike out there. I saw him race this past weekend and he moves through the trail like a snake through a sugar can field.
  • 3 0
 So do we rank the best bike brands by Gwin's best placement, or best average placement?
  • 2 0
 Damn that 2010 Yeti 303 DH is still a great looking bike. Shame Yeti doesn't care about DH anymore (yes I know sales, $$, enduro yadda yadda).
  • 3 0
 You ain't lyin. That 303 is everything.
  • 3 0
 So when he stopped riding Maxxis he stopped winning. Is this a coincidence?
  • 3 0
 Weird to think he was running a Monster lid back in the day.
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 Missing the 45 different prototypes Gwin was on during those chaotic Specialized years....
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 Proof that it's "not about the ride, it's the rider."

Thank you, Tokyo Drift.
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 Am I'm seeing is a reflector on his pedal on the Yeti at MSA 2008???
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 The american flags on the right hand side of the bike facing stripes forward irks me. but oh my god those paint jobs are beautiful
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 That 661 carbon helmet. I’ve still got one in the garage. Hard to believe just ten years ago top World Cup racers were using those funny little things!
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 Commencal and Gwin we're a pretty good match but Intense seems to suit him more. Let's see a podium Gwin!
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 Interesting that during his entire professional career it appears he's only ever been on Fox suspension
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 No love for the Enduro Evo frame that he won PM on in 2014??
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 I have his 2009 worlds frame Smile
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 Gwin is past his prime. He has not really done well since he left Trek. Intense is where old riders retire to.
  • 1 1
 For some reason I thought he was on the looks like a session more than 2 years. How wrong you can be
  • 3 3
 He won the most on a Session and was only with Trek for 2 years. Must have something to do with wheel size. #26AintDead
  • 2 1
 Jesus he’s tried almost everything, what a guy!
  • 2 1
 That captain America YT was unreal!!
  • 1 1
 Hey @johnboy33 !!!! When can I get a sticker on my bike?? You can service my Trust fork for me!! lol
  • 2 0
 Nike socks
  • 2 0
 Blue demo wins!
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 SO WHEN IS THE TREK PULLEY WHEEL SESSION COMING OUT?
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 should have a display of his Chainless Wins those bikes rocked
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 Chainless win.
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 WHERE IS @protour?
  • 2 4
 Bring back 26ers and bombproof metal rigs!
  • 3 6
 ah the years of Yeti DH...when snobs could crash on the hill in style.
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